From races to galas to markets, there is something for everyone happening in Sugar Land and Missouri City in September. This list in noncomprehensive and includes both in-person and online events.

Sept. 4-12: Walk, Run, Stroll or Roll for Autism

Hope For Three Autism Advocates is inviting families, racers, seasoned strollers and wheelchair rollers to participate in its second annual Walk, Run, Stroll or Roll for Autism. Participants are invited to complete a 5K, 3K or 1K anytime or anywhere in the nine-day window while raising funds and awareness for children with autism. $25 (adults); $15 (kids). 281-245-0640.

Sept. 11: Support Sugar Land firefighters

The Sugar Land Citizens Fire Academy Alumni Association, a local nonprofit, will host the inaugural Sugar Land Firefighters’ Ball on the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. Funds from the event will go toward supporting the fire department and funding items for the department not included in the city budget. Sponsorship opportunities available. 6-11 p.m. $125 (single ticket). Safari Texas Ranch, 11627 FM 1464, Richmond.

Sept. 10-12: Shop at the Heart to Market

The Heart to Market will return to Sugar Land Town Square for a three-day event. The market will feature more than 30 local vendors, small shops and specialty brands dedicated to supporting families and children. Additionally, 10% of market sales will go to Lunches of Love, an organization that provides sack lunches to Fort Bend County students during school holidays and weekends. A $40 VIP Sip & Shop, which includes a custom tote bag, light bites and drinks, and early access to vendors takes place 5-8 p.m. Sept. 10. Sat.-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 16250 City Walk, Sugar Land. 281-242-2000.

Sept. 13: Golf for student success

The Fort Bend ISD Education Foundation aims to continue its mission of supporting quality education for all FBISD students with its 22nd annual Back to School Scramble. Registration includes a golf cart, gift, Chick-fil-A breakfast, beverages, snacks and a boxed lunch. Sponsorship opportunities are available. 7 a.m. (registration, breakfast and skills challenge); 9 a.m. (shotgun start); 2 p.m. (lunch and awards). Cost varies. Sweetwater Country Club, 4400 Palm Royale Blvd., Sugar Land. 281-634-1111.

Sept. 16: Learn about the Houston Chicano Squad

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month—which runs from Sept. 15-Oct. 15—Natalie Garza, a professor in the humanities department at Houston Community College, will give a lecture on Houston’s Chicano Squad. The Chicano Squad was a group of Spanish-speaking Houston police officers formed in 1979 to work unsolved crimes and homicide cases in the city. 3-4 p.m. Free. Virtual.

Sept. 18: Experience German culture

Missouri City invites the community to enjoy traditional German culture at its Oktoberfest celebration. Quail Valley City Centre will be transformed into a beer hall decorated with Oktoberfest pennants and traditional decor. Activities include German music, games, a costume contest, a wiener dog race and a beer stein hoisting competition. Local vendors will offer food and beverages. 4-7 p.m. Free admission. 2880 La Quinta Drive, Missouri City. 281-403-8500.

Sept. 18: Shop at the Funky Junque Market

The Funky Junque Market brings together jewelry, art, clothing, home goods, holiday and garden decor, and gourmet food vendors under one roof at the Stafford Centre. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5; Free (children, teachers and military). 10505 Cash Road, Stafford. 281-208-6900.

Sept. 25: Help the hungry

Located in the Harvest Green community, the fourth annual OutRun Hunger 5K Family Walk and Run will benefit East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry, a local nonprofit and food pantry. There will be a party with food, vendors and family fun following the event. Sponsorship opportunities are available. 7:45 a.m. (registration and check in); 8:30 a.m. (kid’s run); 9 a.m. (5K). $15 (kid’s run and virtual runner); $25 (5K). 3400 Harvest Corner Drive, Richmond. 281-261-1006.

Sept. 30: Hear from local higher education experts

Leaders of four local institutions of higher education—including Houston Community College Southwest, Texas State Technical College, Wharton County Junior College and the University of Houston at Sugar Land—will meet for the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce’s 2021 State of Higher Education. Sponsorship opportunities are available. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $35 (member), $45 (prospective member). Safari Texas Ranch, 11627 FM 1464, Richmond. 281-491-0800.